Health And Safety



- Registered Applicants


Safe-T-Cert was developed jointly by the Construction Employers Federation in Belfast and the Construction Industry Federation in Dublin.

It was developed from the 18001/2 documentation but enhanced specifically for the construction industry. Safe-T-Cert is also based on the 'best practice' requirements of relevant international and national bodies, including the ILO guidelines.


Safe-T-Cert is a recognised system under the 'Buildsafe' initiative in Northern Ireland and the 'Construction Safety Partnership' in the Republic of Ireland.


Under the Buildsafe N.I. Initiative all contractors who tender for public sector contracts (under EU Procurement Directive Thresholds) must be registered with Safe-T-Cert (or equivalent) AND with Constructionline by April 2006.


Failure to be accredited by Safe-T-Cert and Constructionline will prevent firms from being eligible to tender for public sector contracts.

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The Benefits of Safe-T-Cert

Clients are assured that certified contractors have an effective health and safety management system.

Safe-T-Cert certification provides contractors with third party support for pre qualification and selection.

Certified contractors will be listed on the Safe-T-Cert register that is available to public and private sector clients.

Insurance companies may look favourably on contractors who have taken a pro-active approach to risk management as demonstrated through the achievement of Safe-T-Cert certification.

Companies can use Safe-T-Cert certification to demonstrate to clients that they have effective health and safety management systems and procedures.


A Joint Standards Advisory Panel (JSAP) which includes client bodies, professional bodies, the Health and Safety Authority, the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, the Trade Unions and contractors advise on the standards for certification.

Only companies that have gone through a detailed certification process and have met the minimum criteria will receive certification. Certification is mutually recognised in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Independent Audit

Audits are carried out only by approved Auditors. They are appointed from a Safe-T-Cert Panel of Auditors provided by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Auditors must: 1. Have appropriate industrial experience 2. Be an IOSH Registered Safety Practitioner (RSP) 3. Be an IRCA Registered Auditor 4. Have completed Safe-T-Cert Auditor Training as required by Safe-T-Cert and IOSH

The audit itself entails a detailed examination of the company's health and safety documentation and procedures together with interviews and site inspections.

The Certification Process

Stage 1: Application

The contractor registers with Safe-T-Cert by completing an application form and paying the initial application fee. They will then be recorded as a 'registered applicant'.

Detailed guidance on the certification criteria is then issued.

The contractor develops and measures his company's safety management system against the Scheme criteria, and makes improvements as appropriate. (Separate assistance can be provided in this process).

Stage 2: Audit

When the contractor decides that his safety management system is at the required level he applies for a Safe-T-Cert Audit.

An auditor from the IOSH Panel will then be appointed by the Scheme.

The time required to complete the audit and the number of sites that the auditor will visit depends on the size and activities of the applicant company.

Stage 3: Audit Results

Following the audit a report is submitted by the auditor to the Safe-T-Cert Scheme Manager with appropriate recommendations. The recommendations are either positive in which case the contractor has achieved at least the minimum standard and will be certified by the Scheme, or negative indicating that the contractor's health and safety management systems do not currently meet the required standard for certification.

Validity of Certification

Continued Safe-T-Cert certification is subject to annual verification by way of an audit and random inspections.

At this annual verification audit, the contractor must demonstrate the health and safety improvements specified at the previous audit.

After three years of Safe-T-Cert certification, the company must undergo a full audit again.

The Scheme has the right to suspend a company's certification if at any time the contractor is not in compliance with the scheme rules.


The fees for Safe-T-Cert are based on the turnover of an applicant company.


Company Turnover Application Fee Administration and Audit Fee Certification Fee Total
£0 - 1 million £50 £375 £50 £475
£1 - 5 million £100 £625 £50 £775
£5 - 15 million £200 £875 £50 £1125
£15 - 30 million £300 £1475 £50 £1825
£30 million + £400 £1725 £50 £2175


Company Turnover Administration and Audit Fee Certification Fee Total
0 - 1 million £375 £50 £425
1 - 5 million £625 £50 £675
5 - 15 million £875 £50 £925
15 - 30 million £1475 £50 £1525
30 million + £1725 £50 £1775
  1. All the above fees are subject to VAT.
  2. Safe-T-Cert reserves the right to revise the above fees.
  3. Pre-Safe-T-Cert audit assessments are a different service and are subject to separate fees.

If you would like more information, please contact:

In Northern Ireland:

143 Malone Road
Phone: 028 90877143
Fax: 028 90877155
In the Republic of Ireland:

Construction House
Canal Road
Dublin 6
Phone: 01 406 6000
Fax: 01 496 6953

'Safe-T-Cert' is a registered trade mark in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland